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SEMI-FINALS - Sat June 20

Races are:

Selections Close off at 1.10pm (NZ time)

Races are:

1. Randwick R1 - 1.30pm - Magna Grecia New To Coolmore Hdcp - $100k, 1500m, 2yos hdcp

2. Flemington R1 - 1.45pm - David Bourke Provincial Plate - $100k, 1620m, BM 90 hdcp

3. Flemington R2 - 2.20pm - Rod Johnson Hdcp - $100k, 1420m, 2yos hdcp

4. Flemington R3 - 2.55pm - Bruce Gadsden Hdcp - $100k, 1420m, mares BM 90 Hdcp

5. Flemington R4 - 3.30pm - Sir Henry Bolte Hdcp - $108k, 2000m, qlty hdcp

6. Doomben R5 - 3.57pm - Mitavite The Phoenix (LR) - $125k, 1615m, 2yos SWs

7. Flemington R6 - 4.45pm - George Watson Hdcp - $108k, 2540m, qlty hdcp

8. Flemington R7 - 5.25pm - A.R. Creswick Stks (LR) - $112k, 1200m, 3yos SW+Ps

9. Flemington R8 - 6.00pm - Brian Beattie Hdcp - $100k, 1420m, qlty hdcp

10. Doomben R9 -6.36pm - TAB Long May We Play Open - $65k, 1110m, hdcp

GOOD LUCK to the Semi-Finalists !


FIVE-OH (1st) vs THE JAMES GANG (4th)

Moose (7/7-2490.80/2254.80) v Hesi (3/11-3001.60/3573.60)
Virgil (7/7-3161.20/3480.00) v Pete (4/10-3476.80/4284.60)
John (11/3-3727.00/2601.60) v Jack (10/4-3122.60/2636.80)
The Crucible (9/5-2766.40/2247.60) v Blind Squirrel (9/5-3191.40/2727.60)
Punter Pete (10/4-3182.40/2992.80) v Steve P (6/8-3138.00/2675.80)


Max (9/5-4040.40/3493.40) v Craig (7/7-2918.00/3069.80)
Georgy Boy (7/7-3698.80/3455.00) v Rex (8/6-2844.60/3634.80)
Rob (9/5-3588.00/2901.20) v Howie (6/8-2700.20/3218.40)
Heather (10/4-3241.40/2050.00) v Zac (6/8-3260.20/3246.40)
Graeme (8/6-2967.60/3007.20) v Ashoka (7/7-3543.20/3347.80)

4040.40 Max (Maximillions)

3804.40 Porky (Covid-Y)

3707.00 Maurice (Tigers)

3727.60 John (Five-Oh)

3698.80 Georgy Boy (Maximillions)

3658.20 Midnight C (Hall of Fame)

3588.00 Rob (Maximillions)


THE SERENDIPITOUS SIX (those with the least $$ scored against them)

The Crucible (9/5-2247.60) (Five-Oh)

Gordy (8/6-2213.00) (Roland's Roughnecks)

Roland (8/6-2191.40) (Roland's Roughnecks)

Gee (6/8-2115.00) (Roland's Roughnecks)

Ray (9/5-2082.00) (Covid-Y)

Heather (10/4-2050.00) (Maximillions)


THE UNFORTUNATE FIVE (those with the most $$ scored against them)

Jill (6/8-4077.40) (The Tigers)

Sharne (3/11-4199.60) (The Tigers)

Pete (4/10-4284.60) (James Gang)

Midnight C (7/7-4324.40) (Hall of Fame)

Tom (4/10-4495.80) (The Tigers)

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3 points

Maximillions had it wrapped up before the last and just as well as no one tipped the Boss bolter. Maximillions took a valuable bonus point for the 4-1 margin with Captain Max the Man of the Match while unluckily his opponent Howie was MVP for MTF.

43.00 Zac

170.00 Graeme

177.60 Ashoka

266.00 Heather

265.00 Howie

309.40 Max

163.00 Rex

122.00 Georgy Boy

242.60 Craig

256.00 Rob





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3 points
Neither of Much Too Fast's chances materialised in the last so Maximillions took the win and ended the day in style with BBs for Max and Rob while Graeme nearly caught Howie. Ashoka - MTF's MVP was the only one to reply for his side. Georgy Boy was a hugely impressive Man of the Match with Rob also posting a big score. Maximillions took a bonus point for a team profit as did Much Too Fast.

298.80 Howie 

263.40 Graeme

597.80 Ashoka

609.00 Rob

104.00 Zac 

443.00 Max

288.00 Craig

195.00 Heather

43.00 Rex

737.00 Georgy Boy






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2 points

The big turnaround in the last came here where Steve P bagged a BB to win the tied match over Punter Pete and Jack snagged a quinella to reel in Virgil and capture the win for the James Gang. John (also with a quinella) and TC scored in the last for Five-Oh who took a bonus point for a higher aggregate while all the James Gang landed the final quinella bar Steve P who doubled up with a BB. Five-Oh's Moose was Man of the Match while Blind Squirrel with 5 wins in the last 7 races was MVP for the winners. Given the result of the John vs Hesi match the James Gang were less than $1 away from a 4-1 result and a bonus point !

200.80 The Crucible

233.80 Blind Squirrel


88.80 Virgil

102.40 Jack


136.80 John

136.40 Hesi


379.80 Moose

45.80 Pete


51.80 Punter Pete

93.80 Steve P



3 FIVE-OH (2nd)


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1 point
Street Icon was never paying enough and Miss Mandito didn't yelp so Five-Oh held on but The James Gang salvaged a point when Hesi and Steve P bagged BBs in the last to take their aggregate to pass that of Five-Oh's for whom only Punter Pete scored. Steve P was an impressive Man of the Match with John MVP for the victors.

250.00 Punter Pete 

45.00 Jack

393.40 Moose

273.00 Pete

19.00 The Crucible

51.00 Blind Squirrel

359.80 John

246.00 Hesi

101.40 Virgil

565.80 Steve P


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1 hour ago, Maximus said:

so does this one ... big improvement made in Rd 10 by the unluckiest Pete of all time...third time lucky?

379.80 Moose

45.80 Pete


393.40 Moose

273.00 Pete

I think Moose was just practicing on Pete getting warmed up for Alan !!

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PJ's Friday Special

Nothing too special today but Fenech looks nailed on in the 3rd at Canberra. Nice run on debut at Wyong and this should be weaker opposition. A little green but would have learned plenty at his debut. Currently $2.35 so no ones getting rich but looks the goods.

Value bet of the day (EW) looks like Casino Time in race 5 at Canberra. Currently $10, was an easy winner here two starts back over 2000m and should drop back in distance no trouble with regular pilot Kyla Nesbit aboard

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12 minutes ago, Say No More said:

I really like Fenech - cheers for the tip Peter.  Wasn't far away at Wyong and the form out of that race stacks up - winner has won again and runner-up placed again at next start.

Yeah we bred him and sold him for $460k to Brad Widdup as a yearling. Two of his brothers are Gr1 winners in South Africa

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25 minutes ago, Maximus said:

Max has taken the potentially marriage-ending step of raiding Mrs W's 'Purse of Many Golden Coins'...and loaded up on Fenech. Confidence is so high - based entirely on a double-dose of the Jenkins Nod And A Wink - that Max expects to have replaced her many coins before she knows the purse is missing. Mum's the word.


You like to live dangerously young man....

Max locked out for the night on the eve of the Semi-Finals after wasting Mrs W's coins on PJ's bum tip Fenech

Her name is Juanita. Juanita Weasel. Unless you can think of ...

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Weather and track updates for all 3 meetings:


Rail Position: +2.5m Entire Course
Track Condition: Soft 7
Weather: Showers (some showers tonight and partly cloudy tomorrow)
Penetrometer: 6.15


Royal Randwick:

Rail Position: True
Track Condition: Heavy 9
Weather: Fine (cloudy overnight but fine tomorrow afternoon)
Penetrometer: 6.15


Rail Position: Out 11m Entire Circuit
Track Condition: Soft 5
Weather: Showers (Rain due from 11pm to 6.00am then turning fine by midday.)
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Comments on the comp races tomorrow:

Comp race 1 (Rand1): The top two are scratched (Paul has taken our boy Outburst to Doomben) so just 6 to run with Godolphin filly Silhouette a crazy $1.85 fave which means some juicy odds for anything else you like. Exhibition at $6.50 could be the big improver after still finishing 5th after an interrupted debut at Newcastle. Snagging the quinella here might give you a small but important edge in your head-to-head.

Comp race 2 (Flem1): A $4 fave in the Jap-bred import Danon Roman but 3 others paying $5 or less. It's these type of races that are difference makers in the comp. Nice $45 or $50 lead if you can pick the right one (or two). Nos 3, 6 & 8 are the others favoured here.

Comp race 3 (Flem2): Cherry Tortoni fave at $3.50 but 4 (1,2,5,12) hovering at $5.50 to $7. Impressive last start winner Super Yulong (#4) currently $31 !!

Comp race 4 (Flem3): Loose $5 favourite here in #2 Great Duchess going for 3 straight looks tempting but maybe more so the ex-Kiwi Polly Grey first up for C Waller at $13.00 !

Comp race 5 (Flem4): Another really open contest with 3 horses - Right You Are, Persan and the Dundeel up and comer Coolth - all sharing favouritism at $5.00. 4 horses also at 100/1 or more !!! Also John "Wheels" Wheeler has the highly rated Grinzinger Allee in this at a juicy $9.50....

Comp race 6 (Doom5): Our own boy Outburst will be trying hard to become his sire's first stakeswinner (Real Impact is of course a son of Deep Impact). No way to line up his form against the others but we will be trying hard. Worked well this week. Plenty of depth here with all but one runner paying a divvy in one of their last two most recent outings. Way Beyond (#1) drops back from Gr1 to Listed company and at set weights looks good value at $7. The gritty Haz De Bee ($51) could be the boilover on a very heavy track with veteran hoop Jim Byrne aboard.

Comp race 7 (Flem6): Nothing under $4.40/win here with Chapada and Arty Lucas likely to dispute favouritism. Sasko has won it's last two including a last start win here and is at an enticing $9.50. Frankel last start winner (at The 'Bool) San Remo a blowout chance at $91 !!!

Comp race 8 (Flem7): Down the Flemington straight 6 often catches out the inexperienced horses. Only the Moroney pair Hawker Hurricane ($14) and Alburq ($17) have run the straight six more than twice and Al Burq has in fact scored his only win at 1200m here so they might represent some good value. King of Hastings is one-for-one down the straight here and a deserving fave.

Comp race 9 (Flem8): Toppy Heptagon is $3.20 fave to make it 3 on end but carries 61.5kg and looks vulnerable. Haunted, Vassilator and Victoria Star (still needs another scr to get a run) are the only others under $10. The race I'm tipping most likely to yield a big upset. Ex-Kiwi Travimyfriend ($26) or Sydney escapee Cadogan - one time when a 2yo was the biggest talking horse in Sydney - at $61, are candidates.

Comp race 10 (Doom9): Scratchings already- 1,9,10,11,14. This race will probably undergo more study than the other 9 put together. NO ONE wants to be downed in the last and cost their team a Grand Final slot and yet all of us love to drive that dagger home at the death to come out victorious. #2 Spurcraft, #6 Pennino and #12 Ozark are disputing favouritism between $5.00 and $5.50 with Mishani Hustler, Sharpe Hussler & Royal Witness all around the $8.00-$8.50 mark. My guess is the track could be an absolute bog by then so let's look at the heavy track form: Sharpe Hussler and Pennino are both 2 wins from 5 on the heavy with both of these chances actually having each won here at Doomben over 1050m on a heavy track previously. The ultimate bolter ??? Probably Tisani Tomso who has paid a divvy every time he's hit the bog but is currently almost friendless at $31. You just need to have the attitude like his sire and get the passage like his dam 😄😁

I'm not sure we will see too many close personal matches tomorrow but probably plenty of lead changes. Sure to be a fascinating day. Good luck everyone


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15 minutes ago, Maximus said:

I know I shouldn't, but when yer luck's in, it's in ...so Max has only put back into Mrs W's purse what she knows was in there the last time she looked (last night, knowing her!) Hence, most of the profit from FENECH (call me Jeff or Mario) has been reinvested on Casino Time.spacer.pngspacer.png

Bad luck max. Bit of a casual ride I thought but came home like a train just too late. Wins at 2000m next time so put it in the black book

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 "Probably Tisani Tomso who has paid a divvy every time he's hit the bog but is currently almost friendless at $31. You just need to have the attitude like his sire and get the passage like his dam" 😄😁

Some mindless trivia here but Tisani Tomso comes from a great old NZ family. His 5th dam was the Gold Nib mare Sherry Party who had 3 notable siblings - one won a Queensland Derby and Brisbane Cup; another won a Wellington Steeplechase; and the 3rd (by the sire of Sweet Nymph and Sweet Spray) ran 3rd in the AJC Sires' Produce and was later a cheap stallion at Hautapu, Cambridge standing for 50 guineas and sired the good open handicapper Papahu (who I saw win a Stratford Cup when I as a kid) plus two good jumpers who each won the McGregor Grant Steeplechase at Ellerslie. Can you name the 3 siblings to Tisani Tomso's 5th dam and the two McGregor Grant winners by sibling No. 3 ???

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31 minutes ago, Maximus said:


Max is struggling as usual to feel confident about selections for PJ's Super Duper Comp. Big fields, wet tracks. Which begs a question worth asking re the Big Day Out tomorrow ...

Q: Of the 20 players not in the Semis, who would you want making selections for you?

Max would choose Porky


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Good morning, folks.

Semi-Finals Day ....and a big challenge ahead for us 'Much Too Fast' in our 'must-win' clash with an imposing 'Maximillions' line-up that went within a nostril of taking out the Minor Premiership. 

We go in as definite 'under-dogs' today, with our 0-2 record against the 'Maximllions' indicating that we are well-and-truly up against it, but the form book can be turned on its head when it comes to 'knock-out'. With a very canny bunch of selectors in our MTF ranks it is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility that we can pull off an upset here.

Myself, up against the formidable "Wuffie King" Rob who has a vastly superior record to mine this comp, the challenge for me is a big one. Rob had a quiet day last Saturday but as we all know that is when the longshot maestros are at their most dangerous, coming in off a miss. So I'd have to say I'm cautiously optimistic at best. 

I'm gonna go with these today :-

R1) 3x5
R2) 3x6         Best Bet 1
R3) 3x5
R4) 9x12
R5) 1x3         Best Bet 2
R6) 3x8
R7) 4x7
R8) 10x13
R9) 3x17
R10) 12x16

The very best of luck today to my brilliant "teamies" Zac, Rex, Craig and Ashoka. Let's keep those winners flowing, guys.
Good luck also to Rob, Maxi, and all the Maximillions. An exciting contest looks in store.

Wishing good luck also to the 'Five-Oh' and 'The James Gang' today. Gonna be  a sterling battle here. I'm picking 'The James Gang' by a nostril. Presenting themselves out of the pack at just the right tiime.

Thanks very much for this fine comp, PJ. It's been brilliant, as your comps always are. Cheers.


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Morning teamies and all!!

its another scintillating H2H match with a desperate 'underdog match up.the Mighty Maxi's

versus a Much too Fast mob !!? CANWEDOOSIT!!?

across three meeting spread on soft heavy and possibly boggy tracks expect sparks will fly or

splutter and dash the hopes of all !! CAUSWECAN!!

i will try to uplift the Maxi's hopes and make Kapitaine Max proud or shiver with trepidation!!










10=-2x15-BB Thanks P.j!  a little luck to you Howie But WEGOTTHIS !! so don't forget to mention to your teammates

not to BUST a Gasket !! 'The Maxi'  RULE!!??

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